Montgomery Education Foundation's Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy was spotlighted Wednesday at Carver High School.  The academic-enrichment program is for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the Montgomery Public School system.  Community Program Director Dillion Nettles, says the program aims to prevent learning loss during summer months.  To find out how your child can participate in next summer's program visit

A police officer is free on bond after being arrested following a rash of road-sign thefts in southeast Alabama.  Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett says officer Jeremy Ray Walker of Glenwood is on paid leave following his arrest in Pike County.  The 30-year-old Walker is charged with receiving stolen property.  Lt. Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported that Walker was selling road signs from Crenshaw County.  Investigators contacted the county engineer and learned signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

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NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped veggies and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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Alabama health officials say ten health care facilities in the state received sterile injectable products from a pharmacy involved in a fungal meningitis outbreak nationwide.

The Department of Public Health said there is no evidence the products sent to Alabama were contaminated.  But the Massachusetts-based company is voluntarily recalling all of its products, and the health department has instructed facilities to stop using them.  Acting State Epidemiologist Mary McIntyre said Alabama is not one of the 23 states where people may have received the contaminated steroid shots.  But she said Alabama residents who received treatment in another state may become involved and may be contacted by their health care provider or that state's health department.

Surveillance Video

The Mobile County Sheriff's Department played the security video for media Thursday.  It was taken by a surveillance camera outside the University of South Alabama police station, moments before 18-year-old Gil Collar of Wetumpka was fatally shot last Saturday morning.  Montgomery attorney Jere Beasley, who is representing Collar's parents, is disputing a report the slain student had taken LSD.   Beasley said the video showed Collar never came within four feet of the campus policeman and the actual shooting occurred outside the view of the camera.

25th Homicide

Montgomery police are investigating the city's 25th homicide.  MPD and Fire Medics responded to a report of a subject shot Thursday around 7 p.m. on the 1900 block of Marie James Drive.  They found a 24-year-old man with a gun shot wound.  He was transported to Jackson Hospital where he died.  Police say a suspect is in custody and charges are pending.

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University officials say former board  chairman Andrew Brimmer died last Sunday.   Brimmer was the longest-serving Tuskegee board member when he announced his retirement in 2010.  He joined the Tuskegee University Board in 1965 and became chairman in 1982.   Brimmer was 86 years old. 

Hope Line

Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley visited the Prattville Christian Academy today.  There she joined members of the school's Key Club in donating used cell phones to Hope Line.  Alabama State University  also is holding events on behalf of Hope Line.  It is an initiative sponsored by Verizon Wireless that collects wireless devices that will be refurbished and given to victims of domestic violence.  The ASU Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha  and its members will collect old cell phones at Saturday's football game between the Hornets and Jackson State.

Fire Prevention

The top three causes of accidental fires in Montgomery last year were largely preventable.  That is part of the message during this week's Fire Prevention Week in the city.  Montgomery Fire Marshall Harold Bellinger used the example of putting flammable material too close to a space heater.  All fire stations in the city this week will be open to the public from 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. daily for anyone wanting fire prevention information.